In his final State of the City address on February 14th, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg outlined several proposed policies to expand the use of and support access to electric drive vehicles. This includes plans to increase the number of parking spaces wired to charge electric vehicles, the addition of curbside vehicle chargers, and expanding the number of electric vehicles in the city’s fleet.
Mayor Bloomberg and his staff plan to work with the City Council to amend the building code to require up to 20 percent of all new public parking spaces—even those in private developments—to be wired and ready for electric vehicle charges. This would add an additional 10,000 electric vehicle parking spaces over the next seven years.
In 2013, New York City plans to pilot curbside vehicle chargers that will allow drivers to fill up their battery in as little as 30 minutes as opposed to the normal eight hours.
Mayor Bloomerg’s plans include increasing the number of electric vehicles in the city’s fleet, such as the hybrid sanitation trucks shown above. (Photo taken at the 2010 National Alternative Fuel Vehicle Day Odyssey National Kickoff event held in New York City). Credit: NAFTC.
New York also plans to add 50 more electric vehicles to the city’s fleet and put the first six fully electric taxis on the road. The city hopes to make one-third of its taxi fleet electric by 2020.
In addition to the electric vehicle policies outlined in the speech, Mayor Bloomberg also mentioned making the East River ferry a permanent service and launching the country’s largest bike share program. Mayor Bloomberg finalized the transportation portion of his speech by saying that all of these transportation initiatives will help the city achieve one of its top goals – “giving New York the cleanest air of any big city in the country. Remember: Clean air means that you live longer. Even if you don’t care about climate change, cleaning our air is good for your health.”